I have personally met a retired Hockey player who represented India in Asiad and won a silver medal, work as a doorman of SBI ATM in CHM Road, Bangalore. I have seen Indian athletes live in the train boogies in the train sheds of the Railway yard because the Govt. didn’t have the funds for their stay in a hotel or a guest house when they go to play for their states. In such sad state JSW WillOfSteel and Blogadda’s initiative is commendable.
I am truly impressed and inspired to see the nominations. I voted for most of them. And hats off to all the nominees. It’ll be unfair to say one is better than the other. However, here are the list of few of the names which I thought have moved me and inspired me the most.
SURESH – THE SNAKE SAVIOUR
This man reminds me of a story which goes like this… “An old hermit was passing through a river when he spotted a scorpion was drowning. He went close to it and tried to help the scorpion. But the scorpion stung him. He tried and scorpion stung him again. This kept of happening. There was another man passing by who saw what was happening and asked the hermit.. “Why are you trying to save the scorpion when it is stinging you each time you do that?” To which the hermit replied.. “stinging is his instinct, saving is mine. If he is not giving up on his why should I give up on mine?”
RUFUS D’SOUZA – THE LIFE COACH
It’s very easy to give up when one is so close to achieve his dream but have to pull out because of the family pressure. But this man did something unthinkable, dedicated his entire life for the cause so that others could live their dream. And that too for the sport which hugely overshadowed by Cricket in India.
She is just 24, she risked her life to rescue hundreds of children and tourists stranded on a mountain during devastating floods in Uttarakhand, India, not stopping even when her house was destroyed. People like that restore faith in humanity. I bow down to thee Mamta.
A very special mention to GEETA PHOGAT, achieving something so big in a sport which is dominated by men and that too while staying in a men dominated state Haryana.